Interactive Brains, Social Minds

In everyday life, people often need to coordinate their actions with each other. Common examples are walking with someone at a set pace, playing collective sports, dancing, playing music in a duet or group, as well as a wide range of social bonding behaviors, such as gaze coordination between mother and infant or between partners. Despite the undisputed developmental and social significance of these interpersonally coordinated behaviors, little, if anything, is known about their real-time dynamics and about the brain mechanisms that support them. This project investigates lifespan changes in behavioral and neuronal mechanisms that permit individuals to coordinate their behavior with each other in time and space.


Electroencephalography (EEG)
In this project we often use this method to measure electrical brain signals. more

Müller, V., Delius, J. A. M., &amp; Lindenberger, U. (2018). Complex networks emerging during choir singing.<em> Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1431,</em> 85–101. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.13940<br /><br />See also Müller, V., Delius, J. A. M., &amp; Lindenberger, U. (2019). Hyper-frequency network topology changes during choral singing. <em>Frontiers in Physiology, 10,</em> Article 207. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2019.00207

Choir study - Video Byte

Müller, V., Delius, J. A. M., & Lindenberger, U. (2018). Complex networks emerging during choir singing. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1431, 85–101. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.13940

See also Müller, V., Delius, J. A. M., & Lindenberger, U. (2019). Hyper-frequency network topology changes during choral singing. Frontiers in Physiology, 10, Article 207. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2019.00207

Selected Publications

Müller, V. (2022). Neural synchrony and network dynamics in social interaction: A hyper-brain cell assembly hypothesis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 16, Article 848026. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2022.848026
Müller, V., & Lindenberger, U. (2022). Probing associations between interbrain synchronization and interpersonal action coordination during guitar playing. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1507(1), 146–161. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14689
Müller, V., Perdikis, D., Mende, M. A., & Lindenberger, U. (2021). Interacting brains coming in sync through their minds: An interbrain neurofeedback study. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1500(1), 48–68. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14605
Müller, V., & Lindenberger, U. (2019). Dynamic orchestration of brains and instruments during free guitar improvisation. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 13, Article 50. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnint.2019.00050
Müller, V., Sänger, J., & Lindenberger, U. (2018). Hyperbrain network properties of guitarists playing in quartet. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1423(1), 198–210. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.13656
Müller, V., Anokhin, A. P., & Lindenberger, U. (2017). Genetic influences on phase synchrony of brain oscillations supporting response inhibition. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 115, 125–132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2016.06.001
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